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Ladies Lose Out To Armagh

Tuesday 20.10.2020
Team Talk Mag

Tyrone 1-10

Armagh 4-14


Tyrone suffered a real thumping at Crossmaglen on Saturday as they exited the Ulster championship with Armagh easing to a 4-14 to 1-10 win in the first of the Ulster semi-finals. Gerry Moane’s side suffered an horrendous opening quarter and they failed to recover despite an improved second half.

Tyrone face the Orchard side again at the end of the month in the all Ireland championship and that’s a chance for the Red Hands to put behind them what was more than just a bad day at the office. Tyrone hadn’t played since March and they looked rusty in that opening half and after a hesitant start they found themselves 2-7 to 1-0 down by the first water break.

The introduction of Aimee Macken and Caroline O’Hanlon as late replacements boosted the Armagh cause and they hit five points in a blistering opening five minutes. Tyrone were all at sea and struggled to clear their lines and were under further pressure when Macken and sister Blathin rattled home goals. Neamh O’Neill’s long range effort went to the Orchard net after good work from Emma Brennan.

By the break Armagh had added further goals from Macken and O’Hanlon although as the game wore on and the experienced defenders found their feet. Tyrone had their chances, young Caitlin Kelly was so unlucky with two 45 metre kicks, one rattling the crossbar while Chloe Mc Caffrey, Neamh Woods and Brennan saw chances fail to reach the target although Mc Caffrey and Meabh Mallon did add points.

Tyrone started the second half with purpose. Mc Caffrey rattled an effort wide and O’Neill saw her goalbound effort saved after adding a brace of points. The visitors dominated but failed to convert chances as Grainne Rafferty, O’Neill and Mc Caffrey went close again.

This was a much improved Tyrone. Woods dropped into the defence and as Christiane Hunter picked up Mackin and Emma Mulgrew took charge of Kelly Mallon the influence of a tighter rearguard was evident although despite the best efforts of Aoibheann Mc Hugh and the ever running Niamh Mc Girr they could not reel Armagh in although Tyrone certainly were the better side in the second half.

A disappointing loss in the end but the players and management will have taken so much out of this encounter as the sides meet in less than a fortnight’s time.


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